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The author brings to this study a warm understanding of the growing child and years of experience in the School of Puericulture of the Université de Paris Faculté de Médecine. Puericulture means for him the best efforts to provide background and stimuli which will help in developing a harmonious personality, physically fit, emotionally sound and intellectually alive. This embraces the assurance of healthy parentage and of optimum nutrition during the period of gestation, the avoidance of harmful incidents at birth, a favorable physical and emotional environment during childhood, with protection against disease and bad environmental influences, and, finally, participation in the child's orientation at the time of adolescence.
The first section of the book deals with growth, nutritional needs and immunization procedures; the second section with the awakening of the child's intellect and the responsibilities of parents, teachers, nurses and physicians in the sphere of his development.
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Eleménts de puériculture á l'usage des étudiants et des infirmiéres des éducateurs et des parents: La, formation du corps et de l'esprit de l'enfant. Am J Dis Child. 1949;77(4):546–547. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1949.02030040558014
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